DANCEInternational Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker With traditional Russian choreography. Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, $25–$50, Dec. 15–22Emerald Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Accompanied by the Rainier Symphony. Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., $20–$43, Dec. 2-10
The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut An alternative take from the Tacoma City Ballet: How did the Prince get turned into a nutcracker, anyway?